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Department of Dance to welcome two visiting scholars

Dr. Carine Plancke, who has been awarded the Fernand Braudel-IFER Fellowship, and Dr. Renee Conroy, who has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, will contribute to teaching, research and supervision in the department of dance.

Posted: 27 March 2014

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Dr. Carine Plancke, visiting scholar in the department of dance
 Dr. Plancke has been awarded the prestigious Fernand Braudel-IFER Post-Doctoral Fellowship that will enable her to spend nine months with the department of dance. The Fellowship is awarded to researchers in the social and human sciences.

Dr. Plancke was awarded the Fellowship for her research project ‘Dance Performances in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Continuity, Creativity and Identity’, that deals with the revival of ‘traditional’ dances which can be observed in contemporary Rwanda. Within the research project, Dr. Plancke focuses on the dance group Inganzo Ngari, which was founded in 2006 and is considered the best of its kind in Kigali, Rwanda. Special attention is given to the creativity deployed by the dancers of this troupe in recreating the dance repertoire as a means to represent a new, unified nation that while being modern remains rooted in its tradition. The research is based on Dr. Plancke’s own practice of these dance performances.

Dr. Plancke has a PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology has taught extensively in France, in both French and English, and is trained in traditional Rwandan dance. Dr Plancke starts her award immediately and along with conducting her own research, will be contributing to teaching and supervision in the department.

Dr. Conroy of Purdue University Calumet, USA will join the department of dance for five months from January 2015 with a project titled 'Recovering the Moving Past: Philosophy and Dance Reconstruction; Philosophical Issues in Dance Performance'. This research in the philosophy of dance is concerned with how practitioners and audiences best understand their relationship to "lost masterworks" of dance art. She will work on this project as well as teach in the department.

Each year, one Fulbright award is offered to a US citizen in support of research and/or teaching in any subject, at any of, or a combination of, the University of Roehampton’s research active departments. Candidates are selected by the Fulbright Commission and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to receive a grant to be used towards related travel and maintenance costs.

Dr Ann David comments, “This is really excellent news and we warmly welcome both scholars into the department at their respective times”.

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